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Anyone Going to SXSW?



For that matter, anyone even HEARD of SXSW? It used to be a cool new music type of conference… but they’ve added some sub-genres to the conference. One of which is SXSW Interactive.

What’s the difference between a library technology conference and SXSW Interactive? Well… let me say it this way: at a library conference, you’ll hear someone talk about how they’re using Flickr in their library. At SXSW Interactive, you’ll hear the founders of Flickr themselves.

From the SXSW site:
“Attracting digital creatives as well as visionary technology
entrepreneurs, the SXSW Interactive Festival enables you to connect,
discover and inspire your link to the cutting edge”
and “The SXSW Interactive Festival offers five days of panels, keynote
discussions, trade show and exhibition, and exciting evening events.
Attendees benefit from hands-on, how-to training as well as long-term,
big-picture analysis in an atmosphere that charges creativity and
out-of-the-box thinking”

OK – just a little more from their faq:

What kind of topics are covered at the event?
Panel topics cover everything from web design, usability, and blogging to wireless innovation and new technology business models.

Who attends this event?
SXSW Interactive appeals to uber-geeks and digital creatives who push
the cutting edge of technological change. More specifically, the event
appeals to content developers, web designers, programmers, bloggers,
wireless innovators, gamers, tech entrepreneurs, bankers, investors,
and educators.

I think librarians could learn a thing or two at this conference… for that matter, we might even be able to add to the conversation.

What do you think?

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  • http://davidsrandomstuff.blogspot.com/ dave free

    SXSW is still a *relatively* cool music conference too. Or at least the ton of free day shows that tend to take place at the same time. :)

    The Interactive conference definitely looks interesting. I always like participating in things outside the library world. Plus they included educators in the appeal area. And I think folks in other areas would be intereted in how Web 2.0 technologies are being used in the library world too.

  • http://davidsrandomstuff.blogspot.com dave free

    SXSW is still a *relatively* cool music conference too. Or at least the ton of free day shows that tend to take place at the same time. :)

    The Interactive conference definitely looks interesting. I always like participating in things outside the library world. Plus they included educators in the appeal area. And I think folks in other areas would be intereted in how Web 2.0 technologies are being used in the library world too.

  • http://michaelkpate.com Michael K Pate

    I had a great time at Gnomedex this year. And several people I talked to were definitely interested in what a librarian had to say.

  • http://www.libraryplanet.com/ Michael Pate

    I had a great time at Gnomedex this year. And several people I talked to were definitely interested in what a librarian had to say.

  • http://queequegs.blogspot.com/ Erica Reynolds

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Actually Brenda and I had lined up a whole group of folks all geared up to go to sxsw07, I was ready to give up all other library-related conferences in ’07 but then the implementation of my long-awaited CMS was delayed, and now that I know I won’t have my hands on it until late this year, honestly, I can’t afford to be gone a whole week in March…but I hope y’all go…and blog it well…I’m planning to be in Austin in ’08.

  • http://queequegs.blogspot.com Erica Reynolds

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Actually Brenda and I had lined up a whole group of folks all geared up to go to sxsw07, I was ready to give up all other library-related conferences in ’07 but then the implementation of my long-awaited CMS was delayed, and now that I know I won’t have my hands on it until late this year, honestly, I can’t afford to be gone a whole week in March…but I hope y’all go…and blog it well…I’m planning to be in Austin in ’08.

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